Social Issues In The Grapes Of Wrath

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In the novel The Grapes of Wrath, we are shown many social issues within the story. Social issues are displayed through homelessness, adaptation, prejudice and more. The social issues bring the novel together as one, and they have a great effect on the Okies in the book. Also, adaptation plays a big part in the social issues. Steinbeck captures great struggles in migrant work on the farm and shows how workers needed to come together as one. Homelessness is just one of the social issues that are displayed in the novel. John Steinbeck focus on families that are homeless and have nowhere to go. The ex-pastor Casey was just one of the family people and families that were affected in the novel by being homeless. Mostly everyone is homeless, and due to the bankers powerful role, it makes it that much harder to live in the novel: “They breath profits they eat the interest on the money. If they don’t get it, they die the way you die without air, with out side-meat”( Steinbeck 35). This quotes shows us that the bankers did anything to get to the money of the people and the farmers. All the farmers should have collaborated together as one to fight against the businessmen and bankers. The farmers went West and left with close to nothing. Many people died in the novel including grandpa and grandma who die on the quest of getting to California. Families in the novel also had children that were dying of starvation. “How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own
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